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Cocaine scandal: Nayele could face life imprisonment

The Ghanaian woman arrested in the UK for allegedly trafficking cocaine could face a life sentence if found guilty, UK-based legal practitioner and consultant, Joseph Gans-Lartey has said.

Nayele Ametefeh, aka Ruby Adu Gyamfi, was busted in Heathrow International Airport about two weeks ago with 12.5 kilograms of cocaine.

She has pleaded guilty to the charge of trafficking and illegally possessing of cocaine when her try began on Thursday at the Isleworth Crown Court in West London.

The case has been adjourned to January 5, 2015.
In terms of the British law on drugs, cocaine is classified under category 'A', Gans-Lartey said. Under Section 170 of the Customs and Excise Act, “it can attract a life sentence”.

The life sentence “doesn't mean she will spend the rest of her life in jail”, he explained.

If she is found to be a habitual trafficker, the trial judge “may put her away for life”,  he explained further, that would be subject to the interpretation of the judge who can define the life sentence to be 25 years or whatever years he or she will put on it.

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